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Paradip Port Rules, 1966

Paradip Port Rules, 1966

Published vide Notification Gazette of India, 1966, Part 2, Section 3(i), page 2308.


G.S.R. 1982, dated 19th December, 1966 – In exercise of the powers conferred by subsection (1) of section 6 of the Indian Ports Act, 1908 (15 of 1908), the Central Government hereby makes the following Rules for the port of Paradip, the same having been previously published as required by sub-section (2) of the said section namely :-

  1. Preliminary
  2. Short title and application.– (1) These rules may be called the Paradip Port Rules, 1966.

(2) They shall, unless otherwise provided in these rules, be applicable only within the local limits of the port of Paradip.

  1. Definitions.– In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires :

(a) “Act”, means the Indian Ports Act, 1908 (15 of 1908).

(b) “Conservator” means the Conservator for the port of Paradip appointed by the Central Government under the Act.

(c) “Dangerous Goods” means goods as defined in the Indian Merchant shipping (Carriage of Dangerous Goods) Rules, 1954.

(d) “Dangerous petroleum” means petroleum having its flash point below 24.4 degrees centigrade.

(e) “Deputy Conservator” means the head of the Port’s Marine Department and includes the harbour master or any pilot duly authorised by the head of the Marine Department in this behalf.

(f) “Fuel oil” means petroleum oil having a flash point of not less than 65.6 degrees centigrade and ordinarily used as fuel in engines and furnaces.

(g) “Master” in relation to any vessel means any person (except pilot or harbour master) having for the time being the charge or control of such vessel.

(h) “Owner” in relation to goods, includes any consignor, consignee shipper or agent for the sale, custody, Loading or unloading of such goods, and in relation to any vessel making use of the port, includes any part-owner, charterer, consignee, or mortgagee in possession thereof.

(i) “Petroleum” means any liquid hydro-carbon or mixture of hydro-carbon and any inflammable mixture (Liquid, viscous or solid) containing any liquid hydro-carbon, but does not include any oil ordinarily used for lubricating purpose and having a flash point at or above 93.3 degrees centigrade.

(j) “Pilot” means a person for the time being authorised by the Central Government to pilot vessels under sub-section (3) of section 3 of the Act.

(k) “Port” means the port of Paradip.

(l) “Port authorities” means the Administrator, Paradip Port appointed by the Central Government and includes any other officer of the Port acting under the authority of the Administrator Paradip Port.

(m) “Tanker” is a cargo ship constructed or adapted for the carriage in bulk of liquid cargoes of an inflammable nature.

(n) “Traffic Manager” means the officer for the time being in charge of traffic operations in the port and includes the Deputy and Assistant Traffic Managers and any other officer acting under the authority of the Traffic Manager.

  1. Admission of vessels into Port
  2. Intimation of a vessels expected arrival– (1) When a vessel is expected to arrive, her agents shall, at least forty-eight hours before the expected time of arrival, send a notice in the form prescribed by the Deputy Conservator, to the Traffic Manager with a copy to the Deputy Conservator. Any special requirements regarding particular berths, heavy lift cranes and other things shall be indicated in such notice. Detailed particulars of cargo to be landed at the port with items of special cargo and heavy lifts shown separately with their stowage and distribution of cargo hatchwise shall either be attached to the vessels arrival notice or be sent at least 24 hours before the arrival of the vessel. This cargo advice should be in triplicate.

(2) The agents of expected vessels should in their own interest contact the Traffic Manager in time and apprise him with all the information regarding nature, quantity, stowage of cargo they intend working and also such information regarding the vessel as will be necessary for berthing her at a suitable berth.

  1. Allotment of berth– A vessel shall have no claim to a berth in the port until one has been specially allotted by the Traffic Manager and intimation given of such allotment by the Deputy Conservator. Further, allotment of any berth in the port shall only be considered as provisional until a vessel is actually ready to enter the port and her suitability for and the right to such berth is established to the satisfaction of the Traffic Manager.
  2. Priority for certain vessels– The allotment of berths shall be within the discretion of the Traffic Manager and subject to exigencies, the vessel first sighted and identified by the signal station shall be given priority. Provided that government vessels embarking or disembarking troops, passenger vessels and any other class of vessels which the Deputy Conservator may from time to time declare in this behalf shall be eligible for a degree of priority in berthing.
  3. Refusal to allot a berth– If the Traffic Manager considers that there is good and sufficient reason for not admitting a vessel into the port, he may refer the matter to the Deputy Conservator and pending the decision of the Deputy Conservator, he may refuse to allot a berth.
  4. Master to be in command of vessels– A vessel shall not be permitted to enter or leave the port or be moved from one berth to another in the port unless the master is on board. Under exceptional circumstances, such as death or serious illness of the master, special arrangements may be made in consultation with the Deputy Conservator.
  5. Orders etc., of the Deputy conservator to be carried out– Master and owners of vessels shall obey all direction of the Deputy Conservator in relation to the rotation and manner of approaching the port entrance and of coming into or going out of port.
  6. Entering or Leaving Port– All sea-going vessels on entering or leaving the port between sun-rise and sun-set shall fly their national flag, and when entering the port, each vessels shall hoist her signal letters.
  7. Piloting of Vessels– subject to the provisions of the Act and the conditions given below, pilotage is compulsory for all vessels except for those which are specifically exempted in writing by the Deputy Conservator or some other officer specially empowered by him in this behalf.

(a) The pilot shall board in-coming ships and disembark from outgoing ships about 4cables length seaward of the Fair Way light Buoy in a position Lat. 200 14. 5’ N. Long. 0860 43.0’ E and will assist in piloting vessels to and from their assigned berths and in berthing/ unberthing such vessels.

(b) The master shall supply the pilot with all the information with regard to quarantine, dangerous goods on board, ship’s draft and matters relating to the ship’s behaviour and shall on completion of pilotage and berthing or unberthing, complete and sign the certificates on specified forms presented by the pilot.

(c) In the event of an out-going vessel carrying a pilot outside the limits specified in clause (a) for unavoidable reasons, the master shall be bound to leave the pilot at the next nearest port and shall be liable to pay all expenses incurred on this account.

(d) The master of a vessel shall in accordance with the provisions of the Act, display such signals as are required by the pilot to be used or as may be directed by the pilot.

(e) Every vessel entering or leaving the port shall be provided with an efficient pilot ladder in compliance with the India Merchant Shipping (Pilot Ladder) Rules, 1953. If a pilot considers the rope ladder or man-ropes provided by a vessel to be unsafe, he may refuse to board or leave her, as the case may be, until a strong and efficient ladder and stout man-ropes are provided as required.

(f) Vessels shall not anchor within the Outer Channel (Sea Admiralty chart No. 538 and Chart Approaches to Paradip) Fairway Buoys or within 4 cables length across the entrance marked by the Outer Channel Fair Buoys or in any other prohibited anchorage, nor shall a master attempt to enter the channel to pick up a pilot.

(g) If any accident happens to a vessel while a pilot is on board and if the master of a vessel has any complaint to make regarding the handling of the vessel under the command of the pilot, or the advice given to him by the pilot on duty, he shall report about the accident at once to the Deputy Conservator who shall immediately hold a departmental enquiry. Should the accident occur while the vessel is leaving the port the master should send in full report direct to the Deputy Conservator from his next port of call. This report should be accompanied by a signed statement of any witness to the incident in question.

(h) A vessel may leave the port without having on board a pilot under stress of weather after obtaining an authority to do so from the Deputy Conservator and after intimating the Port Signal Station of her intention to do so.

  1. Use of port tugs– It shall be incumbent upon the master of a vessel to avail of the services of the port tugs, while navigating within the port limits.
  2. Taking photographs, etc.– No person shall, except under the authority of a written permit granted by the Traffic Manager :-

(a) Have or carry with him a camera for taking photographs or any material for making a sketch, plan, model or other devices.

(b) Take any photographs or make any sketch, plan or model of any movable or immovable object or building or installation within any dock area.

Explanation – For the purposes of this rule, the expression “dock area” shall consist of the following, namely :-

(i) The area enclosed by fencing along the eastern, western and northern shores adjacent to the banks of the lagoon or turning basin ;

(ii) The Iron Ore berth area enclosed by customs boundary wall ;

(iii) Any other area declared as such by the Conservator from time to time.

  1. Supply of wires, hawsers, etc.– Vessels entering the port shall have in readiness for supply such steel wire ropes and other hawsers as may be required to facilitate berthing alongside.
  2. Vessel’s crew and appliances to be in readiness– Masters or owners of vessels shall employ sufficient number of crew, and keep in readiness such appliances on board as may be necessary for working their vessels in and out of the port channel and in the port. In default or whenever necessary the Deputy Conservator shall employ such number of personnel and make available such appliances as he may consider necessary at the expense of the master or the owner.
  3. Other precautions– (a) Vessels when entering leaving or being moved in port or in the event of parting their moorings when secured to a jetty, quay or buoys shall have both anchors ready for letting off at any time.

(b) Vessels when entering, leaving, being moved or lying in the port alongside quays or jetties shall have their sides free of all projections. Their boats. davits and derricks shall be swung in board and gangway landers shall be stored in board.

(c) Masters and owners of vessels shall be responsible for all accidents which may result from failure to adopt any of the precautions specified in clauses (a) and (b).

  1. Vessels lying outside the Port Entrance channel to be moved– A vessel lying in the harbour near the entrance to the port or in the fairway of the channel, or near the entrance channel in the pilotage waters of the harbour shall be removed by the master or owner, if and when required by the Deputy Conservator. Should such removal be not effected promptly, it shall be carried out under the orders and directions of the Deputy Conservator at the risk and expense of the master or owner of such vessel.

III Regulations for vessels in the Port

  1. Master, etc., to place his vessels in her berth– (1) All Vessels within the port shall take up such berths as may be asigned to them by the Traffic Manager or the Deputy Conservator and shall change their berths or move when required by either of the said officers.

(2) No Vessel shall cast off a warp that has been made fast to her to assist the vessel moving, without being required to do so by the pilot or the Harbour Master in charge of the vessel moving.

  1. Closing of Hatchways when not working– Vessels when not working cargo shall have all hatchways closed or well protected.
  2. Mooring Unmooring and moving vessels in Port under orders of the Deputy Conservator– Masters or owners of vessels shall obey the directions of and shall offers no obstruction to the Deputy Conservator, in regard to the mooring, unmooring or moving of any vessel in the Port. A vessel shall not be required to be moved from her berth without the previous orders in writing of the Deputy Conservator.

In case it becomes necessary, the Deputy Conservator shall take such action as may be necessary to enforce his orders and any expenses incurred in taking such action shall, without prejudice to any penalty to which the master or owner in default may be liable, be payable by such master or owner.

Masters of vessels shall ascertain from the Deputy Conservator the maximum drafts to which their vessels may load.

  1. Mooring improperly– Masters or owners of vessels in the port shall not permit the ropes or hawsers of their vessels to be made fast to any place or places in the port other than the bollards, mooring ports or other appliances specially provided for the purpose.
  2. Vessels to be in charge of competent persons– When a vessel remains in the port, the master or any other responsible officer and sufficient number of crew shall always be on board.
  3. Watchmen to be kept on deck– A vessel in the port shall maintain a Quarter Master or a Watchman always on duty on the deck, who shall be in charge of the vessel’s shore gangway and attend to the mooring ropes and lines of the vessel. He shall also be responsible for their adjustment and in case of default, the master or the owner of the vessel shall be liable for any damage as a result of such default.
  4. Vessel’s propeller not to be worked– While a vessel is berthed or moored in the port, any propeller shall not be moved by power without the previous written permission of the Deputy Conservator and subject to such conditions as he may direct. Not-withstanding such permission masters and owners shall be responsible for any damage that may result from the moving of any propeller by power or hand.
  5. Anchor or other gear dropped in port, etc., to be recovered– Masters shall be responsible for the immediate buoying of any anchor or other gear that may be dropped over board from their vessels in the port and shall take all steps necessary for the removal from the water of any such anchor or gear.
  6. Vessels to be properly ballasted– Vessels in the port shall be kept so loaded or ballasted that in the event of fire or other emergency, they may be removed form their berths without danger.
  7. Repair to vessels– Masters intending to carry out repairs are required to bear in mind the following conditions, namely :–

(i) Vessels shall not be immobilised without first obtaining permission from the Deputy Conservator.

(ii) Vessels are likely to be moved from the berths when the berths are required for working cargo by other vessels.

(iii) The Deputy Conservator may, if considered desirable prohibit chipping or repairs causing excessive noise between 10.00 and 17.00 hours.

(iv) Repairs involving the use of naked lights, gas cutting and welding apparatus to, or in the vicinity of fuel oil storage tank or the fuel system, or involving the entry of a person into any fuel storage tank or such vessel wherein petroleum may have been stored, may not be commenced unless a gas free certificate from the appropriate authority has been obtained.

  1. Goods, etc., not to be allowed to fall into port– No cargo, goods or any other substance shall be allowed to fall from any vessel, quay or pier into the port channel or in the port.
  2. Notice to be given of cargo, goods, etc., falling into water– Any person or the master or owner of any vessel or the stevedore engaged in loading or unloading any vessel who allows any cargo, goods or substance to fall from any vessel, pier, or quay in to the water shall forthwith give notice of the occurrence and furnish all particulars connected therewith to the Traffic Manager and the Deputy Conservator and shall take immediate steps to remove the said cargo, goods or substance from the water.
  3. Recovery of goods rubbish into water– If any person, master or owner of a vessel or stevedore required under rule 28 to remove any cargo, goods or other substance from the water, fails to remove within such time as has been specified in a notice from the Deputy Conservator calling upon him to do so the Deputy Conservator may remove such cargo goods or substance and any expenses incurred in such removal shall be recovered from the person master owner or stevedore without prejudice to any other penalty to which the person owner or stevedore may be liable.
  4. Ashes, Rubbish, etc. not to be deposited on quays, etc. without permission– No person shall, without authority from the Traffic Manager, deposit, upon any quay or pier, in the shed or any part of the port, any ashes ballot, baskets, bottles, cinders dirt , dung, refuse, rubbish, shavings, stores or other similar loose materials or substances.
  5. Prevention of materials falling in to Port, Disposal of ashes etc.– Masters or owners of vessels or stevedores loading or unloading, ashes, ballast, bricks, cinders, coal, dustlime, rubbish, shingles, stones, titles or any other loose matter, shall use, for such loading or unloading, a canvass cloth or wooden chute, to the satisfaction of the Deputy Conservator. Ashes, cinders, dust and rubbish shall be landed on the quay in such places as may be directed by the Traffic Manager and the Master, owner or the stevedores, as the case may be, may remove them from such place.
  6. Oily Bilge water, etc. not to be pumped into Port– No ballast water containing oil liable to foul or capable of fouling the water shall be discharged from any vessel into the Port if any oil is found floating around the ship, it shall be the responsibility of the master to prove that it is not from his ship.
  7. Cleaning of vessels– No person shall be employed in cleaning or painting a vessel or in working in the bilges, boilers or double bottom of a vessel in the port except during such time as may be fixed by the Conservator in this behalf.
  8. Projections from Deck of a Vessel– Projection from the deck of any vessel which interfere with the loading or unloading of any other vessel in the port shall forthwith be removed on a requisition by the Traffic Manager.
  9. Fenders– Fenders provided by the Port at the quay, jetty berths shall not be lifted or removed by the master or their stevedores.
  10. Sound signals– The use of sound signals for attracting attention is prohibited on board the vessels while within the limits of the Port, except for the purposes specified in regulation 15, 28 and 31 of the International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea and in case of emergency when assistance from the shore is urgently required in the interest of the safety of the vessel or when the pilot in charge thinks fit to do so.
  11. Sinking of boats, etc.– The master or owner of any vessel in the harbour along side of which any cargo masula or other boat is sunk whilst taking in cargo or passenger or discharging cargo or passenger shall forthwith report the fact of such sinking and the place where it occurred to the Deputy Conservator.
  12. Dangerous animals and fire-arms– Dangerous animals and loaded guns of fire-arms shall not be kept or allowed on board any vessel in the Port.
  13. Vessels with dangerous cargoes, etc.– The Deputy Conservator may order immediate removal from port of all vessels having on board animals manures or other offensive or dangerous cargoes or persons suffering from infectious diseases.
  14. Masters, etc., of vessels responsible for damages– Matters and owners of vessels shall be responsible for any loss or damage caused to any of the installations or property of the port due to the negligence of their servants and the Deputy Conservator shall have the right to detain their vessels until the value of the loss or damage is paid or security for such payment is given.
  15. Vessels etc., in port at the risk of Master etc.– All vessels in the port lie at the risk of their Masters or owners who shall be held responsible for any loss or damage that may arise in consequence of their faulty navigation or by reason of their breaking adrift from their anchors or moorings.
  16. Masters, etc., responsibility for acts of crew, etc.– Masters and owners of vessels shall be held liable and responsible for the acts of the crew and any person employed by them either outside, or on board their vessels.
  17. Port authorities accept no liability for delay, etc.– The port authorities shall not be liable for any delay in respect of a vessel entering, remaining in or going out of the port or for delay in the loading or unloading of goods owing to circumstances beyond their control.
  18. Notice regarding outbreak of fire on vessels to be given by Master, etc.– (1) Any person noticing a fire in a ship shall immediately :–

(a) inform an officer of the ship who shall be responsible for raising the alarm required under sub-rule (2)

(b) if the ship is alongside a quay, treat the fire as on shore and raise the alarm required under sub-rule (2) and also inform an officer of the ship who shall also raise the alarm required under sub-rule (2)

  1. The following methods shall be used for raising an alarm :-
  2. Afloat by day– Hoist International Flag ‘D.Q’ sound continuous blasts on ship’s whistle or siren until the arrival of the Fire float.
  3. Afloat, by night– Sound whistle or siren as above hoist TWO RED LIGHTS above the other 6’ (six) feet apart. When ships are alongside the alarm is to be raised by telephone in addition to the above procedure.
  4. Ashore by day or night– Run to the nearest telephone and ring up Port Exchange and on being connected, state clearly :



Note – The Port PBX Operator should take care that the connection to Port Fire Office is given WITHOUT ANY DELAY WHATSOEVER,

  1. Prohibition of under-water salvaging or repairs– No person shall salvage any anchors, cables, stores, or for cargoes lost or supposed to be lost therein or undertake under-water repairs to vessels without the prior permission of the Deputy Conservator or an officer authorised by him.

IV-Rules in respect of quays and sheds for the loading and unloading of vessels, and for the delivery and shipment of goods

  1. Work in Port under the Traffic Manager.– The loading and unloading of vessels in the port shall be subject to the control of the Traffic Manager who may at his discretion, prohibit the discharge of such goods in the port which in his opinion are likely to obstruct Traffic or cause congestion or hinder the convenient use of the port. The Traffic Manager may also, at his discretion, remove to any other place goods the storage of which on the port premises either upon their landing in the port or thereafter, is likely to obstruct traffic or cause congestion. The apportionment of quay space to be occupied by each vessel shall similarly be determined by the Traffic Manager.
  2. Use of cranes– The allotment of quay cranes for discharging import cargo or for loading export cargo shall be at the discretion of the Traffic Manager.
  3. Vessels lying idle– The Traffic Manager may, at his discretion, move from her berth, or order out of the port, any vessel which in his opinion has remained idle in the port.
  4. Vessels working slowly– A vessel discharging import cargo or loading export cargo in the port may be required to give up her berth, if the rate of discharge or loading is below the average for similar vessels and for similar cargoes.
  5. Vessels to be moored before working cargo– Goods shall not be loaded into or unloaded from a vessel in the port until the vessel has been moored at her allotted berth.
  6. Production of manifest before breaking bulk or before commencement of loading– (i) The master, owner or agent of a cargo for discharge at the port shall furnish The Traffic Manager, with a true copy of the complete Import General Manifest not less than six clear working days before being permitted to break bulk. The manifest shall show full details of each consignment manifested including literage in the case of liquids in bulk and gross weight in kilos in other cases. Non-Submission of such manifests within the stipulated time may result in the vessel concerned not being permitted to break bulk. Where the consignment consists of packages of different weights, the gross weight in the metric system of each package shall be furnished in addition.

In The case of iron and steel consignments hatch lists indicating (a) description, (b) quantity and (c) weight in metric system in each hatch, shall also be submitted before permitted to break bulk.

(ii) If cargo meant for any other port or meant for transhipment is allowed to be discharged, a supplementary manifest giving full details of gross weights, in metric system shall be filed before being permitted to discharge such cargo, if details of such consignments are not already included in the original Import General Manifest filed for the vessel.

(iii) Every export application submitted for shipment of goods and every customs export shipping bill presented at the office of the Traffic Manager for assessment of dues, shall show full details of the consignments covered by the documents including the description of the cargo, quantity of cargo and the gross weight, of each consignment in metric system, including literage in the case of liquids in bulk, Where the consignment consists of packages of different weights, the gross weight in the metric system of each package shall be furnished in addition.

(iv) The agents of a merchant vessel departing from the port, whether loaded or in ballast shall before three days of her departure, furnish the Traffic Manager, with a copy of her Export manifest.

  1. Documents to be produced by shippers and consignees.– All applications for permission to export or to import goods shall be made in such forms approved by the Traffic Manager and such forms shall in all cases be correctly filled in and signed by the shipper or consignee of the goods or by his agents. Except when required by the person authorised by the Traffic Manager to call for and inspect them, all necessary documents shall be produced by shippers or consignees or their agents at the time of the shipping or landing of goods, When cargo is shipped by a vessel other than that entered on the application for permission to ship it, a fresh application shall be submitted to the Traffic Manager.
  2. Opening of packages– No package shall be opened inside the harbour by the importer, exporter or owner, for appraisement, examination or survey, without the permission of the Traffic Manager.
  3. Removal of iron, steel, machinery packages, long and unwieldy heavy lifts from the Port– Consignments of iron, steel machinery packages, long and unwieldy heavy lifts landed in the port may be removed by The Traffic Manager at his discretion to any other place at the cost of the consignees, owners or importers and without any previous notice to them, if he considers it necessary so to do for the safe and convenient working of the port.
  4. Timber discharging– Timber shall not be discharged from a vessel overside into the water without the approval of the Traffic Manager, and if so discharged shall be removed out of the port on the next hightide after such discharge.
  5. Discharge and shipment of coal or any other dirty cargo– (1) The discharge and shipment of coal or other dirty cargo in bulk or otherwise from and into ships in the port, may be effected only with the written permission of the Traffic Manager who may refuse such permission in cases where he considers any loss or damage to property is likely to arise from coal or similar dust, caused by such discharge or shipment.

(2) Permission accorded to discharge or to ship coal or other dirty cargo, in bulk or otherwise, on and from shore, shall, be subject to the importer or shipper or their accredited agents agreeing to reimburse the entire cost of clearing the wharf of the residue.

  1. Works of art, bullion, etc.– The port will not accept any responsibility in respect of any package containing a work of art or an article of vertu of which the value including that of the package exceeds Rs. 500 or containing specie, bullion, gold or silver articles, jewellery, precious stones or coral, unless six hours at least before the packege is landed or brought into the harbour for shipment, written notice is given to the Traffic Manager by the owner or consignee and the package is specially delivered to the Traffic Manager and a receipt therefor obtained. Should any package containing any of the articles referred to above be brought to any wharf or pier without the said written notice being given to the Traffic Manager, the package, if for export shall be shipped, or if imported, shall be removed to the Custom House or to the sheds port at the sole risk of the owner and shall remain at his risk until cleared.
  2. Loading and Unloading of Cargoes Likely to foul port Wharves– (1) Molasses and other goods of a nature likely to foul the port wharves or transit shed or to cause damage to other goods may be discharged from a vessel in the port only with the Traffic Manager and subject to the owner or consignee of the goods undertaking to pay to the port authorities the expenses, if any, incurred by them for clearing the wharf or transit shed.

(2) The decanting on the port wharves from drums or other receptacles, of vegetable, fish or other oils preparatory to their shipments in bulk shall not be permitted. Where shipment in bulk of oils, are to be effected the oils shall be transported to the port in tank wagons, or tank lorries and pumped directly therefrom into the vessel’ tanks or where the oil has been transported in tank barges directly from barges into the vessel’s tanks.

  1. Removal of Rotten Goods from the Wharves– If any vessel discharges in the port any goods or substance in such a rotten, putrid, damaged or other condition as to be in the opinion of the Health Officer of the port, injurious or dangerous to health or if any goods or substance discharged from any vessel and lying in the port decay into such a rotten putrid or other condition as to be injurious or dangerous to health in the opinion of the said Health Officer, the Traffic Manager may require the owner thereof, or if the owner disclaims denies or disputes the consignment or declines all responsibility, or if there be no owner, the master, owner or agent of the vessel from which the goods or substance had been discharged, to forthwith cause the said goods substance to be removed out of the port, and if such owner or master, owner or agent, as the case may be shall, on being so required, refuse or neglect, remove such goods or substance within eighteen hours of the receipt of notice removal may be effected in such manner as the Traffic Manager may think fit and he may, if he thinks necessary, cause the said goods or substance to be destroyed. The owner or the master, owner or agent, as the case may be shall within forty-eight hours after demand in writing, pay to the port authorities all the costs of expenses attending or occasioned by such removal and destruction and of such cleaning, purifying or disinfecting the place discharge or storage.
  2. Handling of Cargoes likely to Contaminate Food Stuff– Items of cargo, such as chemical manures, insecticides, poisonous substances which are likely to contaminate food stuffs, shall not be discharged at any berth for storage, pending delivery, unless the discharge of such cargo has been specifically permitted in writing by the Traffic Manager. In all cases, where such permission has not been given, the vessel shall either discharge such cargo direct on to the quay, provided adequate arrangements have been made by the steamer agents with the consignees to the satisfaction of the Traffic Manager, for the clearance of such cargo direct from the landing point, rail or road transport, or land such cargo overside into barges hired by the steamer agents, to be taken up to the points fixed by the Traffic Manager for storage.
  3. Transfer of Vessels from their Berths– The Traffic Manager may either himself, or through the Deputy Conservator, direct any vessel, to move from one berth in the port to any other berth, provided that such other berth is vacant. A notice of 12 hours shall be given before a vessel is required to be shifted under this rule. The port shall not be responsible for any delay which may be caused to a vessel in effecting a transfer under this rule.
  4. Issue of Licences to Stevedores– (1) The Deputy Conservator shall, from year to year, issue licences to certain approved firms and individuals granting them permission to perform the work of stevedoring vessels in the port and no stevedoring shall be allowed to work on board any vessel in the port unless he is in possession of such licence.

(2) The Deputy Conservator may at any time cancel any license issued under this rule or may suspend the same for such period as may be specified for breach of any of the terms of the license or for breach of any of the provisions of Rule 63 or 64. The license may likewise be cancelled or suspended if, after the grant thereof, it is discovered that the application for the licence contained any misrepresentation or misstatements of material facts or if the licensee has been adjudged insolvent or has gone into liquidation, as the case may be, or if the licensee or his workmen cause any damage to port property to any vessel or equipment thereof or if the licensee or his workmen cause any obstruction to any work in the port.

Provided that no such license shall be cancelled or suspended until the holder of the license has been given a reasonable opportunity for showing cause why his licence should not be cancelled or suspended as the case may be.

Provided further that no such opportunity for showing cause shall be necessary when the licence is suspended pending an inquiry against the holder of the licence for contravention of any of the terms thereof or for contravention of any of there rules or for doing anything for which the licence is liable under this rule to be cancelled or suspended.

  1. Conditions for Issue of Licence to Stevedores– (1) Every stevedore shall be responsible for the due observance and performance by all staff and labour employed by him, during the loading or unloading of a vessel or work incidental thereto, of all the relevant laws, rules and regulations for the time being in force.

(2) Every stevedore shall ensure that all loading and unloading operations shall conform in all respects to the requirements prescribed by or under the Indian Dock Labour Act. 1934 are carried out with his own gear and he shall be solely responsible for any accident or damage resulting from the use of any defective gear.

(3) Every stevedore shall employ at least one experienced foreman and a tindal to Superintend the loading or unloading of cargo or bunkering of coal, or fuel at each hatchway at which loading, unloading or bunkering is being carried on. The tindal shall supervise the slinging or unslinging of goods in the hold and wherever a vessel is loading cargo in the between-decks alone he shall see that the between deck batches that are provided with cross beams and fore and aft beams have all such beams fixed in their proper places, and that the hatch covers are properly put on and effectively secured to prevent their displacement before commencing work; the foreman shall remain on deck and see that the crane chain is not taken out of the square of the hatchway, and that the hook does not catch coamings or foul any of the ships gear or damage any structure or erection or ashore. The foreman shall give correct signals to the crane driver and shall superintend the taking off and putting on the beams and hatch covers and shall see that persons keep out of danger on deck and do not stand under any hoist. The foreman shall, where work is stopped for the day or night, search and satisfy himself that no one is remaining in the hold. The stevedore shall be solely responsible to the owners of the ship and to the port authorities in the event of any injury or damage being caused to any person or property in the course of the loading, unloading, or bunkering operations.

  1. Discharge of a Vessel’s Cargo to be under superintendence of master, etc. or stevedore-their liabilities– Cargo shall not be discharged from any vessel in the port except under the directions and superintendence on board such vessel of the master or owner of the vessel or of a stevedore licenced by the Conservator to perform such work in the port. Such master, owner, or stevedore shall be personally liable in respect of any loss or damage arising from the careless or improper slinging of goods on board such vessel and shall in every instance observe the following precautions, namely :-

(i) That the sling is laid out flat without turns or kinks before any goods are loaded therein;

(ii) That after each sling has been made up and with the first stain on heaving up, the running loop is well beaten home with a wooden bar in order that the grip may be made secure.

  1. Masters, etc. and stevedores working cargoes to Provide proper lights on board– Masters and owners of vessels in the port and the stevedores working the cargoes of such vessels shall be jointly and severally responsible for the proper provision of lights in all those parts of vessels, where work is being carried on either with the use of the port’s cranes, quays, piers or other property or otherwise. In default, they shall jointly and severally be liable in respect of any loss or damage to life, limb or property resulting therefrom.
  2. Making up of Slings-Cranes not to be used under vessel’s coamings– Slings of import goods shall be made up directly under the open hatch-way of any vessel unloading in the port and under no circumstances the Port’s cranes shall be employed for the purpose of breaking out or removing goods from under the coamings.
  3. Use of vessel winches– Masters and owners of vessels employing their own cranes or winches for the loading or unloading of goods shall be responsible for any loss or damage to goods arising from any cause whatsoever.

NOTE – (1) Cranes may be fixed in positions as directed by the Stevedores.

(2) Ship’s Officers shall see that the port cranes work quite clear of Ship’s gear.

  1. Heavy lifts– The Traffic Manager may prohibit the landing from any vessel of any single article or package of over 10 tonnes in weight, except by the cranes of the ports provided for the purpose, if he is of opinion that it is necessary or advisable to do so.
  2. Discharge of heavy lifts– Single articles and packages of over 10 tonnes in weight shall not be discharged unless so permitted by the Traffic Manager under the terms and conditions laid down by him in this behalf. The port authorities shall not be liable or responsible in respect of any loss or damage occurring to such articles or packages.
  3. Marking and packing of heavy packages– Single articles and packages of one metric ton and over weight (Herein after referred to in this rule as heavy package) shall not be loaded on board any vessel in the port or along side the quay walls unless the gross weight of each such article or package has been plainly and durably marked upon it and packed by the consignors or their agents in the manner set out below.

(1) Manner of marking of heavy packages – (a) The gross weight on a heavy package shall be marked thereon in English and the regional language if possible with a kind of paint which is not easily effectable.

(b) Where a heavy package is of a light colour, black paint and where the package is of a dark colour white or yellow paint shall be used for such markings.

(2) Gross weight to be marked in metric tons/kilogrammes – Subject to the provisions of clause 6, the gross weight of a heavy package shall be marked thereon in metric tons/kilogrammes.

(3) Place of marking – The gross weight shall be marked on two sides of the heavy package so that in whatever position the package is placed, the marking is easily visible.

(4) Size of letters or figures – Every letter or figures used to mark the gross weight of a heavy package shall be at least seven and half Cms. (three inches) in length and half Cms,(one quarter of an inch) in breadth.

(5) Manner of packing – (a) The goods in heavy package shall be securely packed in a strong covering in such manner that there is no movement of the goods inside the package resulting in any disintegration of the goods or the covering.

(b) The covering shall be of such material and nature as can stand the strain of the packages being handled during the course of loading or unloading so that the risk of any injury to persons who handle the package is minimised.

(6) Marking of Approximate Weight in certain circumstances – Where at the place the heavy package is consigned there are no means available for determining the correct weight of the package, the anticipated minimum and maximum weight of the package, in metric tons/kilogrammes shall be marked thereon in the manner herein before specified.

Provided that such anticipated maximum weight shall be so assessed that it does not fall below the actual weight of the package.

Consignors and their agents, agents of vessels and stevedores shall be held responsible for any breach of the provisions of this rule.

  1. Hazardous substances-General Restrictions— The handling, transport and storage within the port limits of all substances, classified as hazardous ( as defined in the recommendations of the United Nations Committee of Exports on Transport of Dangerous goods, which met at Geneva in August 1954) or merit classification as such by virtue of their characteristic properties shall be subject to such restrictions and conditions, as the Deputy Port Conservator may, from time to time, impose.
  2. Use of the Gear and other Articles provided by the Port– All cargo handling gear and other articles provided by the port shall, when no longer required, be returned to the stores depot of the port and shall not be left lying in the quays or roads. Masters and owner of vessels and stevedores shall be charged hiring fees on all such articles from the date of requisition till its return to the stores depot. All articles not provided by the port shall be removed from the quays or roads within two hours after the job for which they are brought is finished in default, removal shall be effected by the Traffic Manager and the master or owner of the vessel or stevedore or any other Person to whom such gear belongs shall be liable for all the expenses incurred in such removal.
  3. Arms– The master, owner or agent of every vessel entering the port and having on board as import cargo for discharge, packages containing arms and ammunitions. shall as soon as possible after arrival in the port furnish to the Traffic Manager a complete list of all such packages. After discharge, such packages shall be handed over by the master into the direct charge of the shed foremen, who shall grant a receipt therefor in the specified form and shall immediately lock up the packages in the transit shed. The external condition of all packages containing arms and ammunition shall be carefully examined before a receipt is given therefor and any matter which calls for special mention shall be entered in the remark column thereof. Packages containing arms and ammunition shall under no circumstances be discharged from a vessel at night. The port authorities shall not in any way be responsible or liable for any packages containing arms and ammunitions discharged from a vessel otherwise than in strict conformity with this rule.

The Port may exempt any vessel or line of vessels, from the provision of this rule for such period as the Conservator may think fit.

  1. Ammunition and Explosives– The master of any vessel arriving in the port with ammunition or explosives, other than fireworks, etc., forming part of the ship’s equipment of distress signals, or over 54 kgs. (100 lbs) in weight of gunpowder, on board as cargo, shall display a red flag B of the International Code at the fore during day-time, and between sunset and sunrise shall exhibit a red light at the fore or so long as the ammunition, explosives or gunpowder are on board within the limit of the port.
  2. Landing of Explosives or other Dangerous Cargo– (i) No package containing gunpowder or other explosive or any dangerous cargo shall be landed within the limits of the port without the previous permission of the Collector of Customs and the Deputy Conservator, and in the landing or shipment there of, all rules or directions made or given by the port authorities from time to time to ensure safety shall be rigidly adhered to and observed.

(ii) Every vessel while loading, discharging or handling explosive or cased dangerous petroleum shall bank all fires and store them up only when explosives or cased dangerous petroleum are not being loaded, discharged or handled and only when hatches containing explosives or cased dangerous petroleum are completely closed. All ventilators to the stock-hold shall be carefully attended and properly trimmed and wind-sails shall be rigged to the stock-hold to prevent any pocket of gas accumulating in vessels which have any cased dangerous petroleum on board.

  1. Discharged and Shipment of fuel oil and non-dangerous Petroleum.
  2. Discharge of Fuel Oil in Bulk– Vessels carrying petroleum in bulk shall observe the provisions of the Petroleum Rules, 1937, and all other rules or directions made or given by the Traffic Manager, from time to time to ensure safety.
  3. Bunkering Petroleum Fuel Oil– Bunkering of vessels with petroleum fuel oil in the port barges and tank vehicles shall be permitted subject to the following conditions, namely ;-

(a) During all such time as any vessel is receiving fuel oil into her bunkers, the master or first mate of such vessel is present on board and he shall see that the provision of these rules are complied with and that all reasonable precautions for safety are observed.

(b) a ship’s officer shall be on watch and an attendant of the oil company supplying the bunkers shall be stationed alongside the flexible connecting pipe while bunkering is in progress.

(c) no smoking, cooking, naked lights or forges shall be allowed on the vessels decks while bunkering is in progress.

(d) a suitable gutter or other contrivance shall be placed under the connecting service pipe to prevent any oil from dripping on the wharf or into the port basin.

(e) masters and owners of vessels receiving fuel oil and supplier of fuel oil for bunkering shall jointly and severally be held liable for any damage caused to any property belonging to the port or cargo in incharge of the Traffic Manager by any defect in, or failure of the apparatuses or appliances of the vessels or the suppliers.

(f) no cargo other than steel plates, iron rails, and similar goods unaffected by oil, shall be allowed on the wharf within fifty feet of the oil, stand pipes, and shed doors immediately behind them shall be kept closed while bunkering is in progress.

(g) Before bunkering commences, the attendant shall see that the telephone connection to the oil company’s depot is in working order.

  1. Rules with respect to fire and lights
  2. Smoking, etc– Smoking and the use of any unprotected fire or light in any shed or warehouse within the port is strictly prohibited and no person shall smoke or ignite lucifer matches or other inflammable article on any pier or quay on board any vessel within the port, except in such places as may be allotted for the purpose.
  3. Fires and lights– (a) No vessels shall be fumigated except at a place appointed by the Deputy Conservator for the purpose.

(b) Pitch or dammer shall not be heated no board vessels within the port; but in bost alongside or astern, nor shall spirts be drawn off on board such vessels by candle or other unprotected artificial lights.

(c) Vessels while loading cotton, shall not have any unprotected lights in the hold.

(d) When gunpowder, ammunition or other explosives exceeding 45 Kgs. (100lb.) in weight are being shipped on or discharge from, any vessel within the limits of the port, no fires, lights or smoking shall be permitted on board, except as provided in the Explosives Rules, 1940.

  1. Accessibility of vessels to port and police officials– Vessels in port shall allow free access to the port and police officials for inspection purposes in regard to fires and lights whenever demanded and no person shall disobey the orders of any police officer or watchman for extinguishing any fire or light used in contravention of these rules.

VII. Miscellaneous

  1. Quays, etc., and port area to be under the authority of the Traffic Manager– (1) The quays, sheds, gates and other areas within the limits of the port shall be under the charge of the Traffic Manager, who shall direct and manage all operations connected with the landing and shipping of goods and their storage either in the sheds or in the open, he shall have proper custody of all goods lying in the port and take such steps as may be necessary for the proper maintenance of order within the port.

(2) No person shall enter any port area without a permit or token issued to him by or under the authority of the Traffic Manager, such permit or token shall on demand by a police officer or any port officer, duly empowered in that behalf be produced for inspection. No person shall allow any other person to use any permit or token issued to him as aforesaid. Any permit or token issued to any person and allowed by him to be used by another shall be liable to be confiscated and cancelled.

  1. Regulations of working hours of the various sections of the port– The hours during which work may be carried on in each of the several sections into which, for traffic working purposes the port premises are divided shall be notified by the Traffic Manager, from time to time, by means of notices posted in the sections concerned, and no work shall be done, within the port premises outside the working hours so notified, except with the permission in writing of the Traffic Manager.
  2. Night and holiday work– Applications for work at night or on Sundays or holiday shall be made to the Traffic Manager, who on production of the necessary permission from the Customs Department shall make necessary arrangements for the proper conduct thereof. Work on such days and at night shall be subject to the payment of special charges specified for the purpose.

Explanation – Holidays for the purpose of this rule shall be these notified by the Deputy Conservator from time to time.

  1. Entry into the Port– The entrance gates and wicket gates of the Port shall be kept open during the hours specified therefor by the port authorities and ingress and egress by these gates at any other time shall be only to persons holding special passes issued for this purpose by the Traffic Manager.
  2. Sites set apart for Dock Labourers and boatmen to obtain food– Certain sites shall from time to time, be set apart as occasion may require, by other of the Traffic Manager at his discretion to enable boatmen or Dock Labourers to obtain their food and all persons bringing such food shall be restricted to these sites and the pathways leading thereto, and therefrom, which shall be indicated by notice-boards.
  3. Licensed Carpenters to be allowed in the sheds for opening and repairing cases– The Traffic Manager shall grant licence to persons qualified to work as carpenters in the port for opening and repairing cases at the instance of the owners thereof and no person other than those license as such shall be allowed to carry into the port any tools or other instruments used for such purposes.
  4. Issue of licences to hawkers– No person shall hawk or sell goods within the port or on board any vessel within the port without a licence from the Traffic Manager, For this purpose, the Traffic Manager may issue licences to persons which shall be renewable yearly; provided that such persons shall obtain the prior approval in writing of the Collector of Customs and that such licence shall not entitle the holder to go on board any vessel in the port without the permission of the master, owner or agent of such vessel.
  5. Removal of trucks and hand-barrows out of port– Trucks and hand-barrows loaded with goods and not taken out of the port immediately shall be liable to removal by the Traffic Manager at the risk and expense of the owner of the goods. Trucks and hand-barrows; belonging to merchants and others and left lying at the port shall be liable to removal and confiscation by the traffic Manager.
  6. Destruction of or damage to any of the Port Property– Any person who cuts, defaces, or damages and mooring, rope chain, life-buoy,life line or life saving appliance or any buoy, buoy-rope or cable belonging to any anchor within the port channel or entrance or in the port shall, without prejudice to any penalty to which he may be liable under any other law, be liable to pay the amount of the damage, repair and recovery.
  7. Obstruction, etc., to Officers– No person shall molest, assault,resist,hinder, obstruct, impede or interrupt or offer or attempt to molest, assault, hinder, obstruct, impede or interrupt or offer or attempt to molest, assault,hinder, obstruct, impede, or interrupt any employee of the port in the performance of his functions, or disobey his lawful orders or use abusive or offensive language or aid or incite others to do any of these things.
  8. Playing of Vehicles– Motor lorries or other vehicles for the conveyance of goods shall not be driven along or upon any of the roads, wharves or quays within the port or be admitted into or allowed in the port without a licence issued in this behalf by the Traffic Manager and except in accordance with the following conditions, namely.

(i) Such vehicles shall conform, in all respects, to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1939, and the rules made thereunder.

(ii) Such vehicle shall not be left unattended.

(iii) Such vehicles shall ordinarily play on the recognised roads in the port, but may however be permitted on the wharves, in transit sheds and upon open storage spaces for the purpose of loading or unloading subject to control by the port and police officers.

(iv) Such motor lorries or vehicles, when entering or leaving the port, shall stop at the port gates until permission to pass has been obtained from the port authorities and/or Customs Officers on duty at the gate and the Driver there of shall on demand produce for inspection the licence permitting the lorry or vehicle to enter the port.

(v) No such vehicles shall be allowed to remain within the port longer than shall, in the opinion of the Traffic Manager, be necessary for the purpose of loading or unloading goods, Loitering and plying for hire is prohibited.

(vi) No such vehicles shall fill their tanks with petrol or other fuel within the port without a special permit from the Traffic Manager.

(vii) The licence granted to any vehicle under this rule may be revoked by the Traffic Manager at any time without assigning any reason and no refund shall be made of any proportionate fees in respect of the unexpired portion of the period of the licence, if any.

  1. Offer or Fees or Gratuity– No. fee, gratuity or reward shall be offered to any officer or servant of the port, who is forbidden on pain of disciplinary action to receive any such fee, gratuity or reward.
  2. Signals– All necessary signals may be made by vessels by using the International Code of Signals and they shall be acknowledged by the answering pendant being hoisted at the signal station mast-head. Communications by the Morse and Semaphore Codes may be made to the Port Signal Station using flag ‘Z’ during the day and flashing ‘Z’ at short intervals at night to call up station.
  3. Bad Weather Arrangements– During the prevalence of adverse or threatening weather, the Master of every vessel in the port is required to attend to the following direction, namely:-

(a) he should not be absent from his vessel between sunset and sunrise.

(b) he should keep his vessel ready in all respects to proceed to sea at short notice. If this is not possible for him, he must communicate the fact at once to the Deputy Conservator.

(c) on the hoisting of the danger signal, he should take all measures for the safety of his vessel, as no further instructions will be furnished by the port authorities.

  1. All vessels arriving in the port shall, during their stay and while departing from the port must comply with the provisions of the Indian Port Health Rules, 1955.
  2. Penalty for Contravention of Rules– If any person contravenes any of the provisions of these rules or any order made thereunder, he shall be punishable for every such offence with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees.
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